2014 New Bedford Folk Festival

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 11:00am to Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 9:00pm

It Just Keeps Getting Better!

19th Annual New Bedford Folk Festival July 5-6, 2014


New Bedford, MA. – The 2014 New Bedford Folk Festival will feature the best in contemporary, traditional and Celtic folk music from Saturday July 5 through Sunday July 6, 2014, between 11:00 AM and 9:00 PM. The festival is located in the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center and the Whaling National Historical Park in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The festival has been selected as a "Critic's Pick" by the Boston Globe's Summer Arts Preview and included in the Boston Globe Magazine as one of New England’s greatest celebrations in the Weekend Fun Guide. As an added attraction, the Tall Ship, Charles W. Morgan, will be docked at the State Pier in New Bedford within an easy walk or shuttle bus ride from the festival and will be open to the public.


Featured among the nearly fifty musical acts are Chris Smither, Jonathan Edwards, Christine Lavin and Don White, John Gorka, Poor Old Shine, Vance Gilbert, the Celtic group RUNA and Grammy Award winning children’s entertainer Bill Harley. The New Bedford Folk Festival presents the best in folk and acoustic music on seven stages in and around the National Park that range from the 1200 seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Center to the intimacy of the “Meet the Performer” area.  Performers are presented in concerts and in the popular festival “workshops” which feature 3 or 4 performers or groups on stage at the same time in one-time, unique musical shows.  The festival also features a high quality crafts show with over ninety juried, handmade crafts for sale at affordable prices. Food will also be available including the justifiably world famous New Bedford landed fish and scallops.


The lineup of performers is: Barbo, Beaucoup Blue, Craig Bickhardt, Benoit Bourque, Kate Campbell, Ronny Cox, Joe Crookston, Chrissy Crowley, Cliff Eberhardt, Jonathan Edwards, Marina Evans, Gail Finnie, Bob Franke, Vance Gilbert, John Gorka, Grace and the RSO, Bill Harley, Matt and Shannon Heaton, Anne Hills, Pete and Maura Kennedy, Mike Laureanno, Christine Lavin, Zoe Lewis, The Murphy Beds, New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus, Chris Pahud, Poor Old Shine, Hayley Reardon, Runa, Chris Smither, Devon Sproule, Spuyten Duyvil, Art Tebbetts, Steve Tilston, Jeff Warner, Don White. All performers are subject to change.


Festival hours are Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6 from 11:00AM to 9:00PM.  A limited number of Special VIP Weekend Passes with benefits are available by advance purchase only. A regular Weekend Admission purchased in advance online is $20; $15 by purchasing in person at the New Bedford Whaling Museum or the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Prices during festival weekend are $20 a day/$25 Weekend Admission/$15 Student Weekend Admission with student ID.  Children under 12 are free.


VIP Weekend Passes and Weekend admissions can be purchased at


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New Bedford Folk Festival

1 Rounsevell Drive
East Freetown, MA 02717
Phone: 5087634360